- Shannen W. Coffin
Shannen W. Coffin (born ca. 1969) is an attorney for the Washington, D.C. law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP who until early November 2007 [cite news
title=Cheney Lawyer Leaving
publisher=U.S. News and World Report
accessdate=2007-11-06] served as general
counselto American Vice President Dick Cheney. [Law.com, 30 January 2006: "Alito's 'Murder Board' a Mix of the Legal Elite". http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1138356400498] [Time, 21 August 2007: "Officials admit having wiretap papers". http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1654515,00.html] Coffin was previously at the Department of Justice, where he served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division. In that position, Coffin was responsible for oversight of the Federal Programs Branch, a component of the Civil Division that defends the federal government in a diverse array of lawsuits, including the defense of constitutional challenges to federal statutes and agency programs, civil anti-terrorism litigation, and disputes involving access to Executive Branchinformation.
Prior to joining the Justice Department, Coffin had worked for Steptoe & Johnson in its Supreme Court and appellate practice. He clerked for Judge
David B. Sentelleon the U.S. Court of Appealsfor the D.C. Circuitin the 1994-1995 term.
Coffin came to national attention when his correspondence with U.S. Senator
Patrick Leahyof Vermontsurfaced in regard to the NSA warrantless surveillance controversythat became public in August 2007. [Time, 21 August 2007: "Officials admit having wiretap papers". http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1654515,00.html]
Shannen Coffin is married to Casey Coffin and has written articles for
National Review's website [National Review, 2 May 2005: "Don Presidente". http://www.nationalreview.com/coffin/coffin200505020809.asp] and publications for the Federalist Society. [Federalist Society, 1 June 2004: "An Examination of Cheney vs. U.S. District Court". http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/pubID.260/pub_detail.asp]
He grew up in Springhill in northernmost
Webster Parish, Louisiana.
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